Myanmar Morning News For June 27

Myanmar Morning News For June 27
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar burns seized drugs worth $180 million
Myanmar authorities destroyed a year’s worth of confiscated drugs on Tuesday, with an estimated street value of 180 million US dollars.

Aust urged to cut ties to Myanmar military
Amnesty International is urging Australia to cut financial ties with Myanmar’s military and back moves to take 13 of the country’s most senior security officials to court over atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims.

Mytel says it’s pumped $1 billion into boosting nationwide operations
The country’s fourth and newest telecommunications operator, Mytel, has invested over US$1 billion (K1.38 trillion) in capital expenditure to boost infrastructure and improve service, U Zaw Min Oo, the company’s chief of external relations, told reporters at a news briefing.
The Myanmar Times 

World Bank to provide US$ 100 million for pregnant women, children in Shan State
The World Bank will provide US$100 million to pregnant women and children under the age of two in the Shan State, according to the Shan State Department of Social Welfare’s director U Tun Oo.
Burma News International 

Tension builds between Suu Kyi and military over Myanmar refugee probe
Myanmar’s plan to have a foreigner participate in a probe into the refugee crisis inflicted on the minority Rohingya population has pitted Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation’s de facto leader, against the country’s military chief.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018
China and Myanmar will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the highlight projects of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to reports by media in Myanmar.
Global Times

Myanmar to showcase investment projects, reforms in Hong Kong’s Belt and Road forum
The newly-appointed chair of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Thaung Tun, who is also Union Minister at the Office of the Union Government, is going to lead a delegation to the third annual Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong this week.
The Myanmar Times 

Two elite divisions led a crackdown that forced 700,000 Muslims to flee Myanmar. Here’s how they did it.
A Reuters investigation provides the first comprehensive account of the precise role played by Myanmar’s 33rd and 99th light infantry divisions in the savage offensive, and the close ties between the army’s commander in chief and its elite troops.

Saudi Arabia yet to lift ban on marine product imports
Saudi Arabia has not removed its ban on imports of marine products from Myanmar, according to Myanmar Fishery Federation
Eleven Myanmar 

Thais arrest 40 migrants bound for employment in Malaysia
Thai troops intercepted 40 Myanmar illegal migrants bound for Malaysia along a highway in the southern Thai province of Ranong on Monday, a Bangkok newspaper reported.
The Myanmar Times

Rise in consumer spending drives City Mart’s digital transformation
THANKS TO THE significant rise in Myanmar’s consumer spending last year, City Mart Holdings Limited (CMHL), the nation’s top retailer, has embarked on virtualising its digital infrastructure in cooperation with VMware Inc, a global enterprise software provider.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar military leaders guilty of ‘crimes against humanity’: Amnesty
Myanmar’s military chief and other top brass have been accused by Amnesty International of crimes against humanity for overseeing a “systematic” attack against Rohingya Muslims, according to a report by the rights group Wednesday calling for prosecution at the International Criminal Court.
Digital Journal 

Myanmar fires general who led violence against Rohingya
Myanmar has fired the military general who led the campaign of violence against the Rohingya, after the EU imposed direct sanctions on him and six other officers.
The Guardian 

Yangon-Mandalay railway to receive monitoring system
Railways authorities are planning to install a modernized train monitoring system (TMS) in Yangon-Mandalay railway using a loan from official development assistance (ODA) from Japan, according to Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Eleven Myanmar 

Yangon Amends Municipal Law, Creates Vice Mayor Position
The Yangon regional Parliament has approved amendments to the municipal law that will see a vice mayor elected in a secret ballot.
The Irrawaddy 

MIC to remove “unnecessary” procedures
Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) will remove unnecessary steps that may hinder smooth operations of businesses in the future, said Aung Naing Oo, secretary of Myanmar Investment Commission at a press conference at the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration’s (DICA) office in Yangon on June 25.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar to hold 3rd meeting of Panglong peace conference in July
Myanmar has set July 11 for holding the third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, local media quoted an official of the State Counselor’s Office as saying on Tuesday.
Xinhua Net 

Women most at risk from traffickers in India, Libya, Myanmar
The poll of 548 people was conducted online, by phone and in person between March 26 and May 4 spread across Europe, Africa, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific

With 135 ethnic groups and dozens of armed groups, Myanmar is a complicated, conflicted country. The massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the country’s west has garnered international attention, and rightly so.

Foreign investor interest in Myanmar education, retail sectors on the rise: DICA
Myanmar’s recently liberalised education and retail sectors has drawn interest from foreign investors.
The Myanmar Times

Analysis: Sacking of Senior Army Officers Unlikely to Reduce International Pressure over Rakhine
Despite the Myanmar Army’s announcement of the expulsion of a couple of high-ranking officers on Monday over their mishandling of the northern Rakhine issue, which caused nearly 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh in late 2017, many political analysts and politicians predict that international pressure on Myanmar will continue to grow ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon Distance Education will open study centre in Maungdaw
The Higher Education Department said that Yangon Distance Education University will open a separate study centre in Maungdaw Township for Muslim students living in Rakhine State.
Burma News International 

55th Myanma Gems Emporium continues on seventh day
The seventh day of the 55th Myanma Gems Emporium fetched 86.866 million euros through the sale of 818 jade lots yesterday.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 


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